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\ 1 • 1 i -• ' * I h - L- 1 I J 51 ^ I at 0. 0 -J : r CWcago in June, 1893. Gttman;presideiit of the Charity Organisation S6d%ot Baltimore, and the contributor* generally take rank as experts. When it ft tr - > t - t ^ V i" r J * - J J i J 1 t 00 r 4i disoouwe valuab f V 4 is ad4ed th;at they oome to the discussion of the problems considered from France and Italy, from Germany and Itussia, as well as from various States of the America* Union and from bur own country, the value and the comprehensive oharaoter of the work f the present junoture. do not need to he insisted upon.. Among those Who supply British expediences are Mr. 0. 8.1/ooh, Canon Bradby, the Kev. Brooke Lambert, the Bev. B. H, Alford, and Miss Elizabeth astet* of mrrow, -'uieSnoes i^mfleflW^le»^ , inferior to previous Cbngr^ reports, notwithsfendirig the/act that this grrat gathering of Churchmen has now attained its The addresses at the two sectional now before _ / .1' • K j ^ ; . J k j i « v 1 H ^ - - * 1 h * t - ± 1 7^- ^ -* a thirty-fourtli year. at Which different phases of the educational proble ^ " eriwew discussed will be found of speoialimportance in P 4 The fifth series of the Cabinet Portrait Gallery (Cassell) otthpletes an r admirable oollectidn, which one only regrets not to see indefinitely extended. Each series contains at least thirty-six portraits of eminent men or women of the day (occasionally groups}, from photographs by Messrs. W. and J), Downey, with short biographies, by no means contemptibly written. A fine likeness or the Tsareyitoh—-now the Emperor Nioholas II—has the place of frontispieoe; other notabilities presented are Mr. Balfour. Mr. Le Oallienne, the late Professor Tyndall, the Countess Grosvenor, and Lady Alexandra Duff: a oharming child picture the list, and of a finish which shows that the illustrious little lady must have sat with exemplary stillness at the critical moment. Finish is indeed the common characteristic of these portraits. The Sehjoyn College Calendar, 1894 (printed by Messrs. J. Webb, pt Cambridge), contains more information, proportionally, than we have ever seen in a similar work. Some of the items mav seem of a trivial kind to outsiders, but not to Selwynians, and it is for them that the book is written. The special articles, however, will interest everybody. AB the editor puts it, they deal chiefly "with the incunabula of the college w from various S )ints of view, among them being 11 Personal Ttecolleotions of ishop Goorge Augustus Selwyn " by his son, tho present Master, as well as papers by Bishop Abraham, the Bev. tho Hon. A. T. Lyttolton, the Eov. G. H. Sing, first tutor of the college, and tho Kev. 0. % 0. de Cootlo^on, first captain of the Boat Club. The Calendar will bo published annually,at the beginning of Michaelmas term. The majority of publications dealing with the Parish Councils Act have naturally the points of interest to electors most in view; so that such a treatise as The Candidate's Manual, by Mr. II. I\ Nash, of Colchester, and Mr. J. S. Allport, of Ipswich, which regards the measure from another and very important aspeofc, would in any case havo tho value of its motive. But tho performance is also of a workmanlike kind, fairly realising the distinct aim proposed, viz.:— " To provide the candidate with a guide which will take him right through tho election, and give him all tho information ho will, under ordinary circumstances, require, from tho priee of a voting card to the provisions of the Corrupt Practices Act/' Elections to district as woli as parish councils and guardians' elections como within tho scope of tho volume, which is moreover a "Chairman and Overseers* Guide." It is to be had of the , authors, and in London of Messrs. Knight. Sir Robert Ball has followed up his " Story of the Heavens" with the Story of the Sun (CassoU) in his own popular and discursive stylo. Besides being a mine of information on its proper subject, the book, which is got up in the handsome style tho publishers favour their authors and customers with, has much also about lunar eclipses and tho solar system gonerally. Of much slighter pretensions, but a usoful addendum, is Mrs. Todd's Total JSolipnea of the Sun (Low), which in a short form tells noarly all there is to tell on the subject of oclipses past, present, and to oome within a reasonable limit of time, and righfcly pays much attention to the corona. The writer's husband, Professor I>. P. Todd, of Amherst College Observatory, supplies man^ loarnod notes, especially on points more or less theoretical. This little book, it snould be added, forms tho first volume of the l# Columbian Knowledge Series." The July and October numbers of The Reliquary (Bemrose) contain, as usual, some oxcellont papers on various subjects. Among tho most notable are 11 Inn Signs " and "Sign Brackets," by J. Lewis Andrtf, with spirited illustrations. Mr. Andrd notes tho odd sources from which popular signs are occasionally derived. Ono of the most curious, which he does not note, is where the " Swan and Lyre," tho Bign of a musical society, became " The Goose and Gridiron," woll known in tho days of corporation festivities, Perhaps ho scarcely gives sufficient weight to the # outburst of ribald insult," aB Mr. Green calls it, which attended tho beginning of tho Reformation and took a savage delight in travesties and caricatures of the most sacred and solemn things. Mr. Audrrf owns himself puzzled by " The Stewponly Inn," in Worcestershire. But there is much probability in the local derivation as " Sfcuriae Pons," the bridge over tho Stur or Stour, possibly preserving the momory of somo Roman station. Also may be noted " A Diary of a llamblo among Conventual Remains in 1808," bvthellov. A. G. Groatorox, and somo curious fragments of a Life of St. Modwenna, disintorred by Mrs. Bulkeley-Owen, from tho binding of an old book. Wo have also received the handsome volume containing tho October. numbers from January to Wo havo received tho Journal of the General Synod of the Churvh qf Ireland (Dublin: Hodges, Figgis, and Co., and W. MoGeo), with an appendix containing statutes passed, reports of committees, &o>, edited by Canon Jellett, LL.D. Thoofllcial iteport of the Church Congress (Bemrose), edited by the Rev. 0. Dunkley, is now issued, and, considering that it is or greater bulk than any previous report ^extending to 784 pages), the publishers must be congratulated on the fact that it has been presented to the subscribers within five weeks after the conclusion of the Congress, A distinguishing feature of this Congress was the numbor of seotional meetings, and tho editor's opinion intheir favour, expressed in 1801, has boon considerably strengthened by the oxporionco of the Exeter Congress. First, the attendance variety of subjects which ttstonistiod everybody, "the groat sectional meetings enabled the committee to put down for discussion was an important factor in bringing about this result." Secondly, tho audienoos (with only two exceptions) were good at all the meetings, whilo at several they crowded the halls and over- Thirdly, " thto Congress was exceptionally favoured in having fowor peripatetic hearers than are ouetomarily met with on these occasions." It is RIBO stated in the Frefaoe that another foature of this Congress was the successful effort made by the committee to bring the Church Congress before the diocese, many churches in Devonshire (about 130) ' ' ~ d kindred needs. preachers Thus the and special offertories for diooesan Mission aspeot of the Congress was well developed, distinguishing feature waj tho holding of the devotional meeting in the cathedral, and all will agree with Mr. Dunkley that «the gain^ of *h*i vtMMEiF ^fowi" tltiB Cohgro8?-hall to the cathedral, with all its hallowed associations, was manifestly great". There were meeting*, and the papers, prepared addresses, attd Hpoeofios at these, as well us tho bpeiiing sermon by the Bishop of We have reoeived from the office of the Church Monthly (30 and 81, New Bridge-street, Lodgate-oirous) a copy of the Cburoh Almanack for 1896. The leading illustration is a fine engraving of Holman Hunt's painting, " The Light of the World." The the Leotionary, and daily texts have been specially seleoted fro thus harmonise with the Church's teaching throughout the year, We have to weteome the ajppearanoe , vwuoc the Mealm, a well-wntten Conservattve threepenny.weekly, 0 f very comprehensive ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ L adesoriptive sinnmarv of the ohief news of the week, leading articles—headed " politics ^ though dealing with parish councils and other miscellaneous sub. jects besides—followed by reviews, long and short, ineludincr an unfavourable criticism of Mr. Gladstone's new work, and then a edley of social, financial, personal, and artistic matters. A slight j story of moderate pretensions finishes up a promising fi^t 1 number. We should add that the publishing office is at Hastings House, Norfolk-street, Strand. ber Days, and saints' days are carefully noted The miscellaneous contents include and the festivals,! in the Prayer-book calendar. in the Home" (a pastoral address); a hymn by the ; " Working for God," by the Bishop of the Bishop of London; ft Bishop of Wakefield orKing for Ixeter; "The Missionary Call/ > "Eules for every dayj" a prayer for the parish, and the usual almanack information. We have also received an advance copy by • •. • •. i ; H I Herr Emil Sauer, whose pianoforte recital was undoubtedly tho most sensational feature of last weekV music, gave sufficient proof of his confidence in his own abilities before making his er—no dibut in this country by the heroic announcement of hih intentio of the Church Monlhlytov January, which opens with a sermonette to give no fewer than eight recitals. This for a new co by the Bishop of Eipon, and the remainder of the contents fully matter how distinguished on the Continent—is a proceeding for sustain the reputation of this excellent parish magazine. which we doubt . f any precedent ^ be discovered in the annals of virtuosity. As to the striking impression left by his first concert on the great majority of his hearers there could be no question whatever. Herr Sauer is a fabulous executant, and if NEW EDITIONS AND PAMPHLETS. The ^ sixth edition of Walks in London, by Augustus J. 0. piano f ort e playing was merely a question of technique might yield Hare (George Allen), is in two convenient volumes, uniform with % • • J the last edition of the author's " Walks in Rome." Nowhere is the ™ none 01 help that Mr. Hare gives his readers so much needed as in their own In Continental cities the traveller can always rely on capital. his "Murray," but in London he can only resort to the useful but somewhat dry pages of Baedeker. The strange ignorance which Londoners display of thdir own town must in part be attributed to this cause. Each man knows his way about the special districts in which his home, hiB business, or his amusement lies, but even in that district he knows nothing more. Who has dwelt there before him, how the familiar streets came by their names, are matters upon which he is wholly without information. Mr, Hare will supply him with all this, and with much more. He will teach him alike the London that lies close to his door and the London that lies further afield. Mr. Hare promises " refreshment of mind and body " to those who need it, and interest to those who find time in London hard to dispose of, u in mornings spent amid tho tombs at Westminster, the pictures of tho City companies, the learned societies, or the great houses of the West-end ; but, most of all, in rambles through the ancient by-ways of the City." We arc a little sceptical as to the existence of people 11 on whom time in London hangs very heavy/ 3 but if there be such they cannot do better than buy Mr. Htire's book md follow Mr. Hare's advice. We have received from Messrs. George Philip a large sheet map of Madagascar, on the scale of 1:2,600,000, with insets showing the approaches to Antananarivo, and the communications between Madagascar and the East Coast of Africa: the former, as may be guessed, on a larger and the latter on a lesser scale than that of the general map. Altogether it is a satisfactory as well as a most timely publication. Dickens's Old Curiosity Shop is the first work of more than a single volume included in Messrs. Blaokie's " School and Home Library." Immediately following it comes a volume of Plutarch 9 s Lives of Greek Heroes —without the slightest announcement as to whose translation is being offered to the public. We have received new editions of the following:— Robert Southey. The Story of his Life Written in his Letters. By John Dennis. Second Edition. (Bells.) Timothy's Quest, By Kate Douglas Wiggin. With illustrations by 6liver Herford, (Gay and Bird.) John Brummond Fraser. By Philalethes. Cheap edition. (Cassolls.) Sermonettes is contemporaries, is steel, and capable of e strength or delicacy, the achieve strong He has ten wonderful fingers, ulating, in their feats of steam hammer. He has Midland from Tennyson. duoational Company.) By Achilles Taylor. (The by two of the Greene's contribution to the entertain ent was of special interest, The Pilgrim's Way from Winchester to Canterbury. By J ulia Cartwright. (Virtue.) a. We have received from the S.P.C.K. Dep6t, 40, John Dalton- street, Manchester, The Parish Councils Pill in its Searing upon the Church and Clergy t o, paper read at the Manchester Diocesan Conference by Chancellor P. V. Smith. Prom Bemrose and Sons, Why we Belong to the Church, an address by Alderman Phillips at the Exeter Congress. Prom the Church Defence Institution, Disestablishment and Dinendoument, a paper read at the Lincoln Diocesan Conference byChanoellor Espm. Prom Messrs. Masters, An Address on the Cultivation of the Speaking Voice, delivered at Exeter by Miss D'Orsey during the Congress week. Prom Messrs, A. D. Innes, Homely Words from a London Mission Church. No. 6. The Duty of the Christian Citizen. By tho Bev. Charles Maokeson. Prom Elliot Stock, Sow to Get on : 'or, Principles to Start with in Life. By Dr. Clemance. Prom Simpkin and Marshall, Irish Character: Mr. Gladstone's Character: Notes for the Times by a Democratic Physiologist. Prom the Society for the Suppression of the Opium Trade, Interviews^ with Chinese Statesmen with regard to the Opium \ fifteenth-century Minnelieder down to Wagner—whicl .ents of the Nasmyth any amount of aplomb and tssurance, and the dexterity and brilliancy of his scales and his octaves, the crispness of his staccato effects, and tho unfaltering ease of his attack, exercise a dazzling and at times delightful spell on the hearer. Apart from this wonderful facility and brilliancy, however, there was little, on a first hearing, that the present writer could find to admire in Herr Sauer's perfon ance. His rendering of the "Waldstein" Sonata, though a wonderful display of finger work, was splendidly null as far as tho poetry and passion of the piece were concerned, and, in general, the higher the interpretative qualities required, the less satisfactory were Herr Sauer's renderings. Por so considerable a player his self-consciousness is quite painful to witness. Histrionics avo out of place in the concert-room; for the rest, a pianist has plenty to do without assuming the function of a pantomimist as well. Mr. Henschel brought his Scottish orchestra to town last week for the second of his London symphony concerts, and gave his patronsan excellent entertainment both as regards selection and execution. The organisation of the Scottish orohestra, which has now been in existence upwards of a year, htts afforded the conductor such opportunities in the way of rehearsals as have never before fallen to the lot of any conductor in this country, and seeing that the players are individually competent, young, and enthusiastic, it is not to be wondered at that their performance is marked both by unauimity and spirit. Goldmark's "Sappho" overture, a decidedly favourable as well as a.mature specimen of the composer's powers, which was now given for the first time in England, is lmm ensely difficult and tremendously elaborate, and yet undeniably effective not only from the rich sonority of the harmonies but the dramatic intensity of the style and the interest of the themes and their development. The band also gave an excellent account of themselves in Mendelssohn's " Scottisl " symphony, Sir George Grove'? analysis of which, by the way, waa incorporated in the programme without a word of acknowledgment, and accompanied M. Achille Rivarde very sympathetically in Saint-SaenB's violin concerto in B minor. }1. Bivarde played the solo with rare distinction of style and pUrity of intonation, his method being a happy blend of French elegance and Teutonic earnestness. Tho song and pianoforte recital given by Messrs. Plunket Greene and Leonard Borwiok on Priday afternoon was one of those rare concerts of which the most fastidious critic could find it hard to say anything in the way of disparagement. Here was a delightful programme, full of novelties and rarities, admirably interpreted ost gifted and sympathetic artists of the day. Mr, including half-a-dozen of Moore's melodies, in which Professor Stanford has restored the original tqnes before they were "prettyfied" by the poet, besides adding new and scholarly ,ents, in place of the thin and tinkling harmonies all sung—with Professor Stanford irreproachable accompanist acoompani of Stevenson. They were as Mr. Greene alone can as an sing Irish songs—with perfect enunciation, admirable phrasing, signal charm of voice, and a constant fund of tenderness and humour. Mr. Greene, however, was ful|ly as successful in the group of German and Italian songs-r-ranging from ho Trqffio* By J. G. Alexander, hon. secretary to the society. Prom the Werner Company, 13A, Cookspur-street. Portfolio of Photographs. Beautiful Britain: The Scenery and the Splendours of the United Kingdom ; and from Simpkin and Marshall The Descriptive Album of London. A Pictorial Guide. Part I. Both these books are illustrated from photographs reproduced by "halftone" or " process blocks " and are well up to the standard of recent work. If the "Goodwood," " Conway Castle," and " Kenilworth " of the former are somewhat better than anything in the London series, this is probably due to the difficulty in obtaining good negatives in London atmosphere. gave earlier in the afternoon. Where all was I so well done, it is difficult to particularise, but we are inclined to single out as the most notable achievement of the whole concert Mr. Greene's really noble singing of tbatincomparably beautiful, though rarely heard song of Schubert's-^ JTacAi und Traume^ song that tells of the arnica silentia lunae and all the mystery and magic of the " holy night." Mr. Borwiok's playing of the accompaniment was worthy of the song—no higher praise can he NOTES. A correspondent sends us the following corrections in the hiography of Cardinal Newman, in the latest volume of the Dictionary of National Biography, reviewed last week: This should Thej one of the Whitehall " 1. ' He preached MB first sermon\at Warto beWortonj the mistake is copied from Newman's Letters. 2. ' In 1827 he was appointed preachers.' It was not until Bishop Blomfield's time that Newman was * sounded' about holding that office, and, being ' indignant' with the Bishop, declined the honour. "3. Kingeley'fl article in^ MaemiUanU Magcmim was not anonymous; it was signed' 0. K./ and to Maomillan's cKenMZe •0. K.' were as well-known initials as were J. H. N. to Parker's elienUU thirty years before. _ . ^ „. , , „ „. , ,, „, M 4. I notice one omission. Newman was Rural Dean of | and the rentr4e of Lady Halle. given. For his pianoforte solos the latter artiBt ohose Sohumanns " Humoreske," an organ prelude of Baoh, a sonata by Scarlatti, Chopin's Barcarolle (Op. 60), and Liszt's Polonaise in E. 'Mer were all given with great technical skill, oharm of touch, thoroughly sympathetic conception of the composers' intention. A new concert overture, " In Praise of Scottis Poesie," from the pen of Mr. "William Wallace, was produced at the Crystal Palaoe, on Saturday, with: moderate success. The other works performed ranged from Sohumann's noble symphony in C to» song, «' Airlie Bay," by Hope Temple, of which it is enough to say that it entirely failed to justify its inclusion in the programme' Of the other musical events of the week it must suffice to mention the production of Mr. Waddington's olever cantata, "JOB 8 at the Royal College of Music; the last appearance« that admirable artist, Mile. Wietrowetz, at the Popular Concerts; C. It. G. I

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